Local Education Career Pathway Options for High School Students

Early College and Career Academy

The Early College and Career Academy (ECCA) at Parkland College is an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to enroll in one of nine different dual credit career pathways. The Education Pathway program is for high school students interested in a career within education. The program includes a practical experience, which will take place throughout the school year. The practical experience will be jointly developed by ECCA and the student's home high school and will include observation hours and classroom assisting at local school districts.  The application can be found here.

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Champaign Unit 4 Teacher Education Course of Study

The Champaign Unit 4 School District has created a Teacher Education Course of Study aimed at encouraging students to enter the teaching profession. It is hoped that upon graduating from a college teacher education program, these students will return to Champaign Unit 4 schools to teach.

Introduction to Education: Dual Credit

Parkland College partners with EFE 330 and the Champaign/Ford Regional Office of Education to offer an evening section of Intro to Education (EDU 101) for high school seniors interested in a career in education. This course is offered during the spring semester at the Champaign/Ford ROE. Contact your high school counselor or the Parkland College Early College Services office for more information!

Education Programs at Illinois Colleges and Universities

Illinois is known nationally for their outstanding teacher education programs.  Explore a few below.

What are Career Pathways?

  • Career pathways are Multi-year programs of academic and technical study that prepare students for a full range of post-secondary options within each career cluster.
  • Career pathways provide a context for exploring career options at all levels of education.
  • Career pathways link student learning to the knowledge and skills needed for future education and employment.